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European Retail Briefing - April 2016

This month ERB includes:

  • Analyst comments on Metro's demerger of Media Saturn and results from key luxury goods houses.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • A profile of department store chain, El Corte Inglés. This is taken from our recently published Department Stores - Europe, April 2016 report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comments

    • Metro
      • Luxury goods – Into 2016
        • Burberry
          • LVMH
            • Kering (Gucci etc)
              • Prada
                • Consistency
                  • Where next?
                  • European Retail Sales

                    • Key points
                        • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2015-16
                        • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2015-16
                      • Inflation
                        • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2015-16
                        • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2015-16
                    • Headlines for the Month

                      • Grocers
                        • Clothing retailing
                          • Electrical retailing
                            • Sports goods retailing
                            • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                              • Convenience stores
                                • UK: Budgens and Londis deliver growth for Booker
                                  • UK: Simply Fresh partners with NHS Scotland with new health-focused c-store
                                    • Grocers
                                      • Belgium: Lidl launches online offering in Belgium
                                        • France: Carrefour launches its first dedicated Bio campaign
                                          • France: Casino outlines 90 minute delivery plans
                                            • France: Intermarché and Netto Europe sales edge up 0.7%
                                              • Germany: Metro
                                                • …looks to foreign buyers for sale of Real
                                                  • …to demerge into two independent groups
                                                    • Germany: Rewe Group enjoys 12% increase in profits
                                                      • Netherlands: Albert Heijn cuts down non-food range
                                                        • Netherlands: Plus eyes online expansion
                                                          • Poland: Carrefour reveals Polish expansion plans
                                                            • Spain: Bio c' Bon plots expansion in Madrid
                                                              • Spain: Aldi opens new stores in Spain
                                                                • UK: Lidl launches My Lidl members club
                                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                                    • …profits tumble 30%
                                                                      • UK: Ocado gross retail sales up in Q1
                                                                        • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                          • …announces restructuring of store training teams
                                                                            • …considers upping bid for Argos
                                                                              • …highlights personalised offers in new campaign
                                                                                • …like-for-like sales edge up 0.1%
                                                                                  • …makes £1.4bn bid for Home Retail
                                                                                    • …puts an end to Brand Match
                                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                                        • …calls time on Nutricentre business
                                                                                          • …eyes remaining stake of Tesco Mobile
                                                                                            • …introduces value-led Farm ranges
                                                                                              • …launches wonky veg box
                                                                                                • …mulls sale of Giraffe business
                                                                                                  • …to launch own mobile payment service
                                                                                                    • UK: The Co-operative Food
                                                                                                      • …sales grow 1.6%
                                                                                                        • …mulls sales of Somerfield stores
                                                                                                          • …partners with ParcelShop
                                                                                                            • …pledges £11m investment in Wales
                                                                                                              • …reveals ambitious UK expansion plans
                                                                                                                • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                  • …launches first ever gardening magazine
                                                                                                                    • …reveals new premium own-label brand
                                                                                                                      • …set to open UK’s first cashless store
                                                                                                                        • …trials self-scanning in store
                                                                                                                          • Other food and drink specialists
                                                                                                                            • UK: Naked Wines hits record £100m sales
                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                                              • Clothing, footwear and accessories retailing
                                                                                                                                • Europe: H&M sales increase 9% in first quarter
                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: Hans Anders expands and shakes off discount image
                                                                                                                                    • Spain: Bimba y Lola delivers 17.4% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                      • Spain: Inditex like-for-like sales jump 8.5%
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                          • …appoints Asda buying director as CEO
                                                                                                                                            • …lowers profit expectations
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Clarks Village attracts seven new retailers
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ernest Jones sales rise 8.7%
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: French Connection’s losses widen as sales fall
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jack Wills eyes UK and Asian expansion
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jimmy Choo boosted by new store openings and strong growth in Asia
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mamas & Papas unveils new concept
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mango introduces discount line to attract young shoppers
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Michael Kors unveils wearable tech range
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Next full-year group sales rise 3.0%
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Oliver Bonas launches catalogue to drive online sales
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ted Baker’s profits surge 20.3%
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Timberland opens new London store with in-house cobbler
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Whistles acquired by Phase Eight owner
                                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • Europe: Mercator invests €50m in Montenegro
                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Orchestra Prémaman drives 16.3% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                • …board recommends Sainsbury's offer
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports mixed results for “eventful” 2015
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Marks and Spencer UK like-for-like sales slip 1.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Bhs
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …confident CVA will go ahead despite landlord resistance
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …creditors approve rent cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sells Oxford Street flagship lease
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …..pension deficit bill may be given to Sir Philip Green
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Harrods managing director to stand down
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …JLAB launches with a focus on health and convenience
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …opens Birmingham tech hub
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales grow 2.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …unveils smart home department
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Intermarché and Netto Europe sales edge up 0.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Hornbach Group sales increase 5.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Clas Ohlson to close seven stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Kingfisher profits fall 20.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Screwfix trialling two-hour delivery service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Topps Tiles first half sales rise 4.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Belgium: Fnac and Darty merger approved in Belgium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Belgium: Media Markt rolls out ‘Solutions Corner’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bang & Olufsen reveals UK expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dixons Carphone acquires TV and telecoms switching platform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Maplin invests £3m reducing prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Steinhoff shuns Argos for Darty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: DFS reports 12.3% rise in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: IKEA launches virtual reality kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Lombok
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …plans £15m sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports strong like-for-like growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: VictoriaPlum relaunches MFI brand with new collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dunelm enjoys growth on the back of its Winter Sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Hillarys launches first carpet range and new campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Laura Ashley to launch as a department store concession as sales fall 4.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Steamer Trading acquires Divertimenti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: AO World trades ahead of expectations in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Boohoo launches standalone menswear site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Notonthehighstreet in talks to raise £25m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Shop Direct rolls out size comparison tool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wiggle trials cycle service and repair offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: L'Oréal Luxe launches beauty box site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Boots UK reveals rise in second quarter sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Book, greeting card and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Card Factory delivers another record year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Foyles delivers 4.3% sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: WH Smith introduces digital displays into store windows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Game and video retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Game revenues tumble in "challenging" UK market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …acquires Aktiesport and Perry Sport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …confirms €26.5m Dutch acquisitions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Go Outdoors takes advantage of surging bicycle demand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Bank holiday footfall declines as storms hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: February retail sales rise 3.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: MP's vote against changes to Sunday trading laws
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail footfall declines 1.1% in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: The Budget: Changes in business rates designed to help retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Department Stores – Europe, April 2016: El Corte Inglés (Department Stores)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Upward turn in operating profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Change at the top hails a new era
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Possibilities abroad, priorities at home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Positive improvements made
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Online offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 5: El Corte Inglés (Department Stores): Group financial performance, 2010/11-2015/16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 6: El Corte Inglés (Department Stores): Outlet data, 2011/12-2015/16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Retail offering

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Albert Heijn Netherlands (Ahold)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Aldi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Alliance Boots UK Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Amazon.com Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • AO World Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • AO.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Apple, Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Asda Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • B&Q (UK & Ireland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bensons Bed Centres Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bhs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bimba & Lola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Boohoo.com plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Brico (Belgium)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bricomarché (Poland)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • British Airways Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Budgens Stores Ltd - retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carrefour Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Clas Ohlson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Co-operative Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Conforama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Darty France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Darty Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DFS Furniture Holdings Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Divertimenti Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dixons Retail Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dwell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Edeka Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ernest Jones Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fnac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Fnac Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Franprix/Leader Price
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • French Connection (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Game Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Game Retail Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Go Outdoors Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Google, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Grupo Inditex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • H Samuel Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • H&M Hennes & Mauritz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Harrods Group Total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Harveys Furnishing Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hermes (GB) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hillarys Blinds Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hobbs Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home Retail Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homebase Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Hornbach Holding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Intermarché (France)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • J. Choo Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jack Wills Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • JD Sports Fashion plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • John Lewis Plc (department store)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kaiser's Tengelmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Karen Millen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kingfisher Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Kingfisher UK & Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lancôme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Laura Ashley Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lidl (Germany)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Littlewoods Mail Order
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Liz Earle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Lombok Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Londis (Holdings) Ltd - retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mamas & Papas Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mango Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Maplin Electronics Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Media Markt/Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mercator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Metro Group (retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • MFI Furniture Group Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Molton Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mountain Warehouse Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Naked Wines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Netto Foodstores Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Next Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • notonthehighstreet.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • O2 / Telefonica UK (Retail)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Office for National Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Prémaman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Rewe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Rewe Food Retail Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sainsbury's Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Schwarz Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Screwfix UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Shop Direct Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Signet Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Simply Fresh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Skechers USA Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Somerfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Steamer Trading Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Steinhoff Continental Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Steinhoff UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tengelmann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco (UK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Tesco Plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Co-operative Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Co-operative Food - convenience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Sofa Workshop Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • W&G Foyle Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Walgreen Co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • WH Smith PLC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wiggle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Wm Morrison Supermarkets

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